How to categorise Acadian towns in Nova Scotia, for profiles between 1770 and 1850? [closed]

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I'm working on a number of Cape Breton Acadian profiles that are (roughly) in the time bracket 1750 to 1850. I'm really interested in getting them properly categorised in location categories, in particular because I've started some free-space pages for early 1800s (primarily Acadian) communities, e.g. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:River_Bourgeois%2C_Nova_Scotia and I want to start populating them.

The time period is complicated of course. The territory switched between French and English, and names changed pretty regularly.

For example, I've done the River Bourgeois category nested under Richmond county. But Richmond county didn't exist until 1824, and so I'm guessing that I shouldn't have the free space page (which covers the time of the 1811 census) there. The Acadie category seems too early. Would it make sense to set up parish categories?

Would it make sense to have separate Acadie, Isle Royale, and (Richmond or Cape Breton) Nova Scotia categories, and put people in towns nested under these? I personally would find it useful, but only if it were done in a coordinated, organised way.
WikiTree profile: Benoni Landry
closed with the note: See: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/559290/historic-categories-scotia-brunswick-european-colonization
asked Feb 9 in Policy and Style by Brad Foley G2G6 Mach 2 (28,100 points)
closed Feb 13 by Brad Foley

I am interested in the nearby Epekwitk/Île Saint-Jean/Prince Edward Island.  The situation may be even more complex than you suggest because of European fishermen who built outports within Mi'kmaq territory before the Acadian settlements recognized by European historians.  The French-Mi'kmaq alliance against the English carried an implied French recognition of Mi'kmaq territorial claims.  It may be appropriate to consider the original Mi'kmaq names transitioning through French names to English names.  To the extent paper records survived in these disputed territories, we may find records of the same time specifying different names for the same place depending upon the ancestry of the individual profile. It is important to recognize First Nations' naming conventions if our goal is a single world tree.

I've never tried to set up such a complex hierarchy of categories before, but this kind of thing was certainly common in Europe (like, what was "Hungary" or "Austria" in the 19th century?), and across North America. Someone must have solved the problem of how to properly nest these kinds of complicated naming conventions.

What I'll try to do, then, is set up a few free space stubs where needed (I'm sure some of these already exist). One each for Pre-European Mi'kma'ki and Epekwitk; one general 'Acadie' page that starts around 1605 and goes to about 1763 and covers what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI; and then PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia pages.

There is already a category page for Acadie under "North America", which seems sensible. I guess the Mi'kma'ki and Epekwitk categories should be there, too. And there is (great!!!) some resources already posted, that we can use and add to: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Colonial_American_Place_Names

Pre-Canada Nova Scotia (and PEI and New Brunswick), between the years of 1763 and 1867ish might need their own page/categories?

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